1 [hahyd]
verb (used with object), hid, hidden or hid, hiding.
to conceal from sight; prevent from being seen or discovered: Where did she hide her jewels?
to obstruct the view of; cover up: The sun was hidden by the clouds.
to conceal from knowledge or exposure; keep secret: to hide one's feelings.
verb (used without object), hid, hidden or hid, hiding.
to conceal oneself; lie concealed: He hid in the closet.
British. a place of concealment for hunting or observing wildlife; hunting blind.
Verb phrases
hide out, to go into or remain in hiding: After breaking out of jail, he hid out in a deserted farmhouse.

before 900; Middle English hiden, Old English hȳdan; cognate with Old Frisian hūda, Greek keúthein to conceal

hidable, adjective
hidability, noun
hider, noun

1. screen, mask, cloak, veil, shroud, disguise. Hide, conceal, secrete mean to put out of sight or in a secret place. Hide is the general word: to hide one's money or purpose; A dog hides a bone. Conceal somewhat more formal, is to cover from sight: A rock concealed them from view. Secrete means to put away carefully, in order to keep secret: The spy secreted the important papers. 3. disguise, dissemble, suppress.

1. reveal, display.
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2 [hahyd]
the pelt or skin of one of the larger animals (cow, horse, buffalo, etc.), raw or dressed.
the skin of a human being: Get out of here or I'll tan your hide!
safety or welfare: He's only worried about his own hide.
Australia and New Zealand Informal. impertinence; impudence.
verb (used with object), hided, hiding.
Informal. to administer a beating to; thrash.
to protect (a rope, as a boltrope of a sail) with a covering of leather.
hide nor hair, a trace or evidence, as of something missing: They didn't find hide nor hair of the murder weapon. Also, hide or hair.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳd; cognate with Dutch huid, Old Norse hūth, Danish, Swedish hud, Old High German hūt (German Haut), Latin cutis skin, cutis; see hide1

hideless, adjective

1. See skin.


3 [hahyd]
noun Old English Law.
a unit of land measurement varying from 60 to 120 acres (24 to 49 hectares) or more, depending upon local usage.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hīd(e), hīg(i)d portion of land, family; akin to Latin civis citizen, Greek keîmai to lie, abide

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hide1 (haɪd)
vb , hides, hiding, hid, hidden, hid
1.  to put or keep (oneself or an object) in a secret place; conceal (oneself or an object) from view or discovery: to hide a pencil; to hide from the police
2.  (tr) to conceal or obscure: the clouds hid the sun
3.  (tr) to keep secret
4.  (tr) to turn (one's head, eyes, etc) away
5.  (Brit) US and Canadian equivalent: blind a place of concealment, usually disguised to appear as part of the natural environment, used by hunters, birdwatchers, etc
[Old English hӯdan; related to Old Frisian hēda, Middle Low German hüden, Greek keuthein]

hide2 (haɪd)
1.  the skin of an animal, esp the tough thick skin of a large mammal, either tanned or raw
2.  informal the human skin
3.  informal (Austral), (NZ) impudence
vb , hides, hiding, hided
4.  informal (tr) to flog
[Old English hӯd; related to Old Norse hūth, Old Frisian hēd, Old High German hūt, Latin cutis skin, Greek kutos; see cuticle]

hide3 (haɪd)
an obsolete Brit unit of land measure, varying in magnitude from about 60 to 120 acres
[Old English hīgid; related to hīw family, household, Latin cīvis citizen]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hydan, from W.Gmc. *khuthjanan, from PIE *keudh- (cf. Gk. keuthein "to hide, conceal"), from base *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (see hide (n.1)). Past participle hidden is a M.E. formation (O.E. had gehydd "hidden") on the model of ride/ridden, etc. Hide and seek (1672)
replaced earlier all hid (1588); while hide-out "a hiding place" is Amer.Eng., first attested 1885.

O.E. hyd, from P.Gmc. *khudiz (cf. O.N. huð, O.Fris. hed, M.Du. huut, Ger. Haut "skin"), related to O.E. verb hydan "to hide," the common notion being of "covering," from PIE base *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal" (cf. Skt. kostha "enclosing wall," skunati "covers;" Arm. ciw "roof;" L. cutis "skin," scutum
"shield," ob-scurus "dark;" Gk. kytos "a hollow, vessel," keutho "to cover, to hide," skynia "eyebrows;" Rus. kishka "gut," lit. "sheath;" Lith. kiautas "husk," kutis "stall;" O.N. sky "cloud;" M.H.G. hode "scrotum;" O.H.G. scura, Ger. Scheuer "barn;" Welsh cuddio "to hide").

"measure of land" (obsolete), O.E. hid, earlier higid, from hiw- "family" (cf. hiwan "household," hiwo "a husband, master of a household"), from PIE *keiwo- (cf. L. civis "citizen"). The notion was of "amount of land needed to feed one free family and dependents," usually 100 or 120 acres, but the amount
could be as little as 60, depending on the quality of the land.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with hide, also see cover one's ass (hide); tan one's hide.

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the pelt taken from a cow, steer, or bull of the bovine species, from the pelt of a horse, or from the integument of some other large adult animal. The pelts of smaller animals are commonly called skins-namely, sheepskins, goatskins, calfskins, etc. For the preservation and tanning of hides, see leather.

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Example sentences
The trouble is, too many clouds hide where the sun will shine.
The riot police charge, and bystanders hide in their doorways.
Some supermarkets are trying to hide the shortages by spreading bags of dog
  food along the meat shelves.
In other words, a coconut-carrying octopus may be slow, but it's always got
  somewhere to hide.
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